I graduated from the University of Tasmania with a B.Sc. majoring in Physics and Psychology in 1983 and obtained a 1st Class Honours in Psychology in 1984. After commencing a PhD at the University of Tasmania with Professor Don McNicol in 1985 I was awarded a Commonwealth Postgraduate Fellowship. This took me to Queen’s University in Canada to work with Professor Doug Mewhort, where I graduated with a PhD in Psychology in 1990. During 1991 I was a Postdoctoral Fellow with Professor Roger Ratcliff at Northwestern University in Chicago and in 1992 I returned to Australia to take up a position at the University of Newcastle.
Over the next decade I held a number of Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Projects grants and from 2002-2006 I was Deputy Head and then Head of the School of Psychology at Newcastle. Subsequently I returned to a teaching, administration and research role, became a full Professor, and founded the Newcastle Cognition Laboratory (NewCL.org), which has grown to become a leading centre for Mathematical Psychology and Cognitive Science in Australia. In 2011 I was awarded a five-year Professorial Fellowship by the ARC, enabling me to pursue his research full time. In 2012 I was elected to the Australian Academy of Social Sciences and to the Executive of the Society for Mathematical Psychology, and as its Vice-President in 2014. I became a Fellow of the Psychonomic Society in 2013.
In 2015 I took up a research chair at University of Tasmania (80%) and University of Newcastle (20%), and founded the Tasmanian Cognition Laboratory (TasCL.org). My current research focuses on human memory and skill acquisition, and on the neural and cognitive processes that enable people to make rapid choices. As of January, 2015, Scopus (Google Scholar) indicates an H = 24 (28) with 1877 (2976) career citations, 1 (3) publication cited over 200 times, 2 (4) cited over 100 times and 10 (19) over 50 times. My Associate Editor roles include JEP: LMC (2009-2013), JMP since 2011 (renewed, 2015) and a 4-year term at PBR from 2014.